July 17, 2007(Key vote)
Title: Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that appropriates $40.23 billion to the Department of the Army, Department of Interior, Department of Energy, and independent agencies for energy and water development.
Prohibits the use of the appropriated funds for the creation, elimination, or alteration of funding for new or existing programs, projects, or activities unless specifically directed by this Act. Also forbids the increase or reduction of funding for programs, projects, or activities by more than $2 million or 25 percent, whichever is less [Title I (Sec. 101 [a])].
Requires the Secretary of the Army to make a 35 percent reduction in the number of full time employees of the Sacramento District Regulatory Division off of the Corps of Engineers [Title I (Sec. 104)].
Prohibits the usage of the appropriations of this Act or for fiscal year 2008 for any noncompetitive management and operating contract, any contract for environmental cleanup or waste management in excess of $100 million annually or any significant extension or expansion to an existing management and operating contract unless competitive procedures are used to grant these contracts or the Secretary of Energy waives these requirements on a case by case basis [Title III (Sec. 301 [a])].
Prohibits the usage of the funds appropriated by this Act for the initiation of requests or proposals for programs that have not been funded by Congress [Title III (Sec. 302)].
Prohibits the usage of the funds appropriated by this Act to be used for the purpose of implementing or modifying contractor employee pension and medical benefits policy [Title III (Sec. 308)].
Prohibits the use of any funds in this Act to be used for the purpose of influencing congressional action or appropriations before Congress in any way [Title V (Sec. 501)].
Requires that any light bulbs purchased with money appropriated by this Act must carry the "Energy Star" designation [Title V (Sec. 504)].
$5.59 billion to the Department of Army, Army Corps of Engineers including $342.35 million to Ohio, $25.72 million to Tennessee, $126.00 million to California, and $26.81 million to Alaska.
$32.57 billion to the Department of Energy, including $213 million for hydrogen technologies, and also including $100 million for U.S. contributions to create a low-enriched uranium stockpile for an International Nuclear Fuel Bank to be used for peaceful purposes and regulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency.